By Monday Osayande
There was mini drama at the Delta State High Court, Asaba as lawyers and escort policemen on the convoy of the Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa clash, at the Court premise, thus disrupting Court proceedings for hours.
It was gathered that the Policemen attached to Police Commissioner, alighted from their vehicle to forcefully dismantle the barricade usually mounted on the road at the Court premise whenever the court is in session when the Lawyers and some workers decended on them.
It was learnt that police boss was taking the route to pay courtesy visit on Asagba (King) of Asaba, Obi (Prof.) Chike Edozien, when his convoy stopped as a result of the barricade, but the Lawyers’ resisted, and both started buffetting themselves in the full glare of passersby.
It was also learnt that the presiding judge, Justice Azinge, who visibly disturbed by the police action reportedly asked his workers and Lawyers to confront the uniform officers, to put a stop to their madness
This incident occurred during the trial of the suspects in the ritual murder of Elozino Ogege, a 300-Level Mass Communication undergraduate of Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka.
However, the policemen overpowered the lawyers thus creating an exit for the police boss, but one of the lawyers was allegedly attacked for attempting to record the clash with his handset.
Although, the rowdy situation forced the judge to adjourn abruptly, the court later re-convened, only for the lawyer to put up a stiffer resistance on the return of the CP from the palace, forcing the police convey to divert to another route.
But Mr. Hafiz Inuwa said there was no issue, even as he had already sent apology to the judge through the Divisional Police Officer in the area.
Inuwa said he was not aware that court was in session at the time, saying that whatever happened was not intentional.
Hear him: “It is very unfortunate for an enlighten society to make something out of nothing. That is a public road, and no one has right to block it.
”However, I was not aware that the court was in session. So I have already asked the DPO to apologize to the magistrate, because there was no need for siren since the court was sitting.”